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braid

[breyd]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to weave together strips or strands of; plait: to braid the hair.
  2. to form by such weaving: to braid a rope.
  3. to bind or confine (the hair) with a band, ribbon, etc.
  4. to trim with braid, as a garment.
noun
  1. a braided length or plait, especially of hair.
  2. a hair style formed by interweaving three or more strands of hair.
  3. a narrow, ropelike band formed by plaiting or weaving together several strands of silk, cotton, or other material, used as trimming for garments, drapery, etc.
  4. a band, ribbon, etc., for binding or confining the hair.

Origin of braid

before 950; Middle English braiden, breiden (v.), Old English bregdan to move quickly, move to and fro, weave; cognate with Old Norse bregtha, Dutch breien
Related formsbraid·er, nounwell-braid·ed, adjective
Can be confusedbraid brayed
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Examples from the Web for braids

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Historical Examples

  • And then she recalled Katy's voice saying: "Braids round your head."

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • It means that my braids are up to stay, so hereafter I'm a real woman.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • The girls in kimonas and with their hair in braids, sat in their sitting-room.

  • Nancy, pull your braids around to the front so they can see your blond hair.

    Shaman

    Robert Shea

  • Water dripped from the fringe of hair across her forehead and poured from her braids.

    Shaman

    Robert Shea


British Dictionary definitions for braids

braid1

verb (tr)
  1. to interweave several strands of (hair, thread, etc); plait
  2. to make by such weavingto braid a rope
  3. to dress or bind (the hair) with a ribbon, etc
  4. to decorate with an ornamental trim or borderto braid a skirt
noun
  1. a length of hair, fabric, etc, that has been braided; plait
  2. narrow ornamental tape of woven silk, wool, etc
Derived Formsbraider, noun

Word Origin

Old English bregdan to move suddenly, weave together; compare Old Norse bregtha, Old High German brettan to draw a sword

braid2

adjective
  1. broad
adverb
  1. broadly; frankly

Word Origin

Scot variant of broad
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Word Origin and History for braids

n.

1520s; see braid (n.).

braid

v.

"to plait, knit, weave, twist together," c.1200, breidan, from Old English bregdan "to move quickly, pull, shake, swing, throw (in wrestling), draw (a sword); bend, weave, knit, join together; change color, vary; scheme, feign, pretend" (class III strong verb, past tense brægd, past participle brogden), from Proto-Germanic *bregthan "make sudden jerky movements from side to side" (cf. Old Norse bregða "to brandish, turn about, braid;" Old Saxon bregdan "to weave;" Dutch breien "to knit;" Old High German brettan "to draw, weave, braid"), from PIE root *bherek- "to gleam, flash" (cf. Sanskrit bhrasate "flames, blazes, shines"). In English the verb survives only in the narrow definition of "plait hair." Related: Braided; braiding.

braid

n.

in part from stem found in Old English gebrægd "craft, fraud," gebregd "commotion," Old Norse bragð "deed, trick," and in part from or influenced by related braid (v.). Earliest senses are "a deceit, stratagem, trick" (c.1200), "sudden or quick movement" (c.1300); meaning "anything plaited or entwined" (especially hair) is from 1520s.

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